A shortcut usually is an icon on your homescreen to directly execute a defined action in some app.

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“Lucky try” & “Recommended” shortcuts always appear on homescreen, how to remove it?

I am getting shortcuts in my home screen. I try to delete it, but it is appearing once again. Shortcuts names: Lucky try, Recommended.
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Is it possible to create a URL link to a website on the home screen?

Is it possible to create an icon on my desktop home screen (Android 2.1 Samsung Galaxy) that I can tap to fire up the browser to a specific web site?
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Can I prevent home screen shortcuts from getting deleted or moved around?

I had recently gifted my Mom a Nexus 7, with a hope that she will like to read books. She is old with poor eye sight and can't read English that great. I find her eager to learn and she had made a ...
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How can I remove unwanted app icons from the screen?

I'm new to using an android. Apps I have never visited nor installed are showing up on my screen (Slots, Candy Crush, Expedia, Droid Games). If I touch them, I go to their site. I would like to ...
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How do I launch a widget from a shortcut on Home screen?

I use MultiROM manager to switch from one ROM to another. It has a widget which lists all of your installed ROMs and you can choose anyone to boot into. (Click image to enlarge) All good here, ...
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Create pdf document shortcuts on home screen

I had downloaded a PDF file. How can I create a shortcut to the PDF document on my home screen. I use Anycut, but it doesn't do what I want.
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“Brendon's url” and Chinese apps on home screen. Is it a virus? How do I fix it?

My tab was charging when I noticed there were notifications in Chinese and unknown home screen shortcuts created. Some were named "Brendon's URL" and the others were in Chinese. The notifications were ...
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How can I disable shortcuts from being created after install from Google Play?

I own a Galaxy S2 with the Samsung ICS stock, and I've noticed when I download an application from Google Play (Market) it installs it and automatically places the app shortcut on the first free space ...
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icons for Android

I would like to assign some simple icons to Gmail label shortcuts, like an airplane for travel. Is there a convenient way to do this? Icon selection seems to go through the Gallery app now.
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Adding web shortcuts with icons similar to chrome's new tab thumbnails

I have a Droid RAZR MAXX, and there are a few shortcuts to web pages on the screen. They have been there since before the phone got ICS. Under GB one could long tap the screen, add a shortcut, and ...
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How to fix a broken icon on an android phone

The icon is displayed as a grey icon name "Text Info" and an image of a small SD card on the bottom right of the the icon; when I try to launch it, it says: Application not installed. Have ...
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android 4.1.2 apps shortcut disapperead from home screen

I am using Huawei phone with android 4.1.2. Currently I'm losing the app shortcut on my home screen after a crash of the system recently. During the crash, I dragged the Whatsapp and Hoiio apps ...
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App/shortcut to quickly change screen lock type?

Two scenarios: I'm at a "trusted" place, and don't want to enter unlock password/pattern all the time I'm at an "untrusted" place and want my phone to be password/pattern screen locked is there ...
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Open a new tab in chrome from a shortcut or app

Problem Since updating to Android 5.1.1 I started using the new tab switcher merged with recent apps, however, every time I click on chrome I have to wait for it to open the last tab only to open a ...
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How can I add a shortcut to a particular Google Drive document to my Android homescreen?

How can I add a shortcut to a particular Google Drive document to my Android homescreen? This is the Android analog to this question. Using a URL doesn't work, since I don't want to open the browser ...
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Shortcut to particular document in Google Docs app?

Is there a way to make a shortcut to one particular document? I frequently need one particular document from a secondary account, so it's always a pain to come out of current document, change accounts ...
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How do I easily create an image/button on my Android home screen which links to a website?

I know the below example is of a custom home screen app, much like Yahoo Aviate, but I'd just like to place custom designed buttons (like the "Attractions" button in the image below) or images on my ...
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How to create a shortcut to a text file

I have a text file somewhere on the SD card. How can I create a shortcut to this file on the "desktop" to open it immediately? (HTC Wildfire)
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Quick Dial Shortcut with Skype

Is it possible to make a desktop shortcut to dial a number with Skype?
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Who is creating icons?

Some application (malware? adware?) is creating garbage icons on my Android desktop. How to know the application who does this? I heard each application is a Linux user on android. Is it possible to ...
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Sending an SMS message via one click?

Can I send an SMS message via one click or touch? Can I have an icon or shortcut that would let me send an SMS message to a certain phone number with predefined text?
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How can I make a shortcut to the “Recent Apps” dialog?

Do you know if there is any way to create a shortcut or widget on the homescreen to access to the "Recent Apps" list? Basically, is there any way to access to this list without having to hold the Home ...
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How can I change the Icon of a Shortcut on my Home Screen? [duplicate]

I have a couple direct dial to landline shortcuts that I use at work regularly. There are no avatars associated with those contacts and the Homescreen icon just shows a generic Android Avatar so they ...
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Can I add a shortcut to a locally stored file?

I'd like to add a shortcut on Android 4.2.1 to a local pptx file. Is that possible ?
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Finding out the intents an app uses internally

I have an app (Smart Tools) that consists of mutiple distinct subapps. I would like to have an shortcut for a single subapp, so I wouldn't have to open it through the app's main menu. I'm pretty sure ...
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change icons on sensation lock screen

I've just got a HTC sensation and I've worked out how to change the icons on the home screens, but is there a way to change the icons on the lock screen?
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Generate a browser bookmark from file manager

We are developing a web site that will all be local to an android tablet. The idea is we create the web app, copy the web app to MicroSD cards and distribute the SD cards. Right now, when you open ...
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Pinning Web Sites to Android Homescreen [duplicate]

Is there a way to pin websites to your homescreen in Android like an app? I know this can be done in iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8, but I don't see a way to accomplish it on a Nexus 7 Android ...
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How do I auto arrange icons in the app menu?

My device is a Samsung Galaxy Ace / Cooper. It's running on Froyo. I want to auto arrange icons in the app menu. Is there a way to do this? Like auto arrange alphabetically? Is there a built-in ...
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On the android Incredible, is there any way to make a shortcut to the “All Photos” view?

The HTC photo-album takes up an entire screen; is there a way to make a shortcut, or is there a smaller widget or app, that would open up the all-photos view? The easiest method I've found is to go ...
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“Lucky try” & “Recommended” shortcuts being created automatically on the homecreen [duplicate]

I had installed xmod games apk. Then I had opened it. It showed me some 5 apps like advertisement. I had touched the app called "super flash light". After that, I am getting shortcuts in my home ...
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Create shortcut to system apk that doesn't have a shortcut

So I have a MTK Android Phone, the gps of which sucks. Only App that can get a fix is ygps.apk in engineering mode. I have to keep it running background so other gps apps can get fix. Every time I ...
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How to create link to app that does not appear in the apps menu?

I just purchased a Galaxy Note 3 and was surprised that the Voice Recorder app is not included on the screen with the rest of the apps. However, the Voice Recognition feature opens the Voice Recorder ...
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How to create a link on Android without installing a 3rd party app?

I installed some apps but I do not have a shortcut to it anywhere (these apps include Google Maps). The only way for me to start those is through Google Play. I want to create a link to an app on the ...